Japan continues record-setting pace for population loss

Japan continues record-setting pace for population loss
Cemetery in Kyoto, Japan. (Image via Tapho Tribes)

Japan’s population decline will break a new record every from now until the 2060s, a population expert has claimed.

According to the latest statistical revisions, Japan’s native population stood at 126.163 million at the turn of the year — down 271,058 from a year earlier. …

Speaking to the Financial Times, Futoshi Ishii, director of population dynamics at the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, that trend will continue for decades to come. You’ll be reading this article again and again. …

His organisation predicts that Japan will be losing more than 700,000 people a year by 2025 and more than a million a year by 2060.

At this rate, Japan will be overtaken by Mexico as the 10th most populated country in the world in just a few short years. …

But there ways and places in which Japan’s numbers are growing. Immigration, for instance, encouraged by Shinzo Abe’s government, rose by 60,000 last year.

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